“A deal like this,” Brett told FOXSportsKansasCity.com, “lets everyone on the team know and lets everyone in baseball know the Royals have to be taken seriously now. We are players again in the big picture.
“It tells the young guys on this team, like Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas, that the Royals intend to compete for a long, long time. And if we are competitive in the next couple of years and make the playoffs, that’s going to make guys like Hoz and Moose think about staying here a long time.
...“Of course, time will tell,” he said. “But, everything I have heard about Shields is that he’s a presence in that clubhouse. We need that, a guy who knows how to win and expects to win. He’s a leader for the younger guys. I’ve heard the same thing about Davis. He’s a quiet guy but he leads by example.”
Some fans in Kansas City have been bemoaning the loss of prospects Wil Myers, Jake Odorizzi, Mike Montgomery and Patrick Leonard.
“I look at it this way: It’s like a chess match,” Brett said. “Maybe we had to give up a rook and a horse so we could get in position for checkmate. That’s how you play the game. You have to give up some pieces for the bigger goal.
Posted: December 17, 2012 at 05:00 PM | 15 comment(s)
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